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Squash champ back for more

Rudy Goodridge, eight-time Barbados national champion and twice southern caribbean squash champion and three-time over-40 caribbean champion, is making his way to the 6th BCQS International Barbados Masters Squash Tournament starting this week at the Barbados Squash Club. Goodridge now coaches in Canada and has decided to bring a group of masters to test them on Caribbean soil.

Goodridge will be playing in a younger category than his age dictates to extend his abilities. In the 45 to 54 age category he will meet up with another eight-time Barbados national champion, Mark Sealy. This will be a good test of their abilities as long as they can navigate safely to the finals. Sealy is the defending champion in this division.

The sixth BCQSInternational sponsored Barbados Masters Squash Tournament is set to serve off at the Barbados Squash Club, The Marine this Thursday at 5 p.m. and continues over the weekend with the finals on Sunday at 8:30 a.m.

Players are coming from Tortola, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, England, New York, Las Vegas, Canada, Trinidad and Tobago along with the local competitors.

This year has been the biggest field seen from the inception of the tournament with 83 players. The large increase is due to large groups coming from Canada and Trinidad.

The men’s tournament will be held in age categories, 35 to 44, 45 to 54, 55 to 64, with the ladies having one section due to low turnout. In the men’s 35 to 44 section James Bentick, St. Vincent national coach, will be seeded at one with local boy Andy Gill, former national champion at two and Richard Glanfield, the Las Vegas coach, at three.

In the 45 to 54 age category Mark Sealy, the defending champion will be seeded at one, with Rudy Goodridge at two and Neville Sorrentino from Tortola at three.

In the age 55 and above category it is expected to be the most competitive section of the tournament. John Holley of Trinidad will be ranked in top position, with

Nigel (the dragon) Griffith at two and Leon Truss and Trinidadian Richard Hart at three and four respectively.

Last year’s winner in this section, the wily Orson Simpson, will have his hands full.In the ladies tournament Alex Jordan will be back to defend her crown against several unknown overseas players.

This year’s tournament coincides with the 40th anniversary of The Barbados Squash Club which will culminate with a dinner with nostalgia on May 25 at Bagatelle Great House at 7:30 p.m.

Along with the main sponsor BCQS International which is a regional quantity surveyors and consultants enterprise with offices all through the Caribbean, Jammin Cruises Inc, Roberts Manufacturing, Courtesy Car rentals, Ocean Fisheries Ltd, Lewis Drug Mart and Pirates Inn are the sponsors for this tournament.

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